Contributors

BARRY JOHNSON, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Barry Johnson has written about and edited arts and culture stories of various sorts since 1978, when he started writing about dance for the Seattle Sun. He edited the arts section of Willamette Week and wrote a general culture column in the  early 1980s and started at The Oregonian as arts editor in 1983, moving between editing and writing (visual arts, movies, theater, dance) until leaving in 2009. Since then, he’s been thinking about new ideas to help make arts and culture journalism more useful and engaged than ever before. Oregon Arts Watch is one of those ideas. barry@orartswatch.org

 


 

BRETT CAMPBELL, SENIOR EDITOR
Music and Performance

Brett Campbell has been classical music editor at Willamette Week since 2008, music columnist for Eugene Weekly since 1996, and West Coast performing arts contributing writer for the Wall Street Journal since 2000. He is a frequent contributor to San Francisco Classical Voice, Oregon Quarterly, and Oregon Humanities and has also written for The Oregonian, Portland Monthly, West: The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Salon, Musical America and many other publications. He is a former editor of Oregon Quarterly and The Texas Observer. He has taught news and feature writing, editing and magazine publishing at the University of Oregon School of Journalism & Communication and now teaches journalism at Portland State University.  http://brettwriter.wordpress.com

 


 

BOB HICKS, SENIOR EDITOR
Theater, Dance, and Visual Arts

Bob Hicks has been writing about arts and culture in Portland since 1978, first as arts editor and movie critic at the Oregon Journal, then for 25 years at The Oregonian as a writer and editor covering the performing, visual, and literary arts. Since 2007 he’s  freelanced extensively, and considers Oregon ArtsWatch his home base. His most recent art books include Kazuyuki Ohtsu (Pomegranate, 2016), James B. Thompson: Fragments in Time (Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 2016), and Beth Van Hoesen: Fauna and Flora (Pomegranate, 2014). His work has appeared in American Theatre, Biblio, Professional Artist, Prologue, Art Scatter, and elsewhere. He also writes the popular daily art-history series “Today I Am” on Facebook. bob@orartswatch.org

 


 

LAURA GRIMES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Laura Grimes is passionate about the arts and has a deep familiarity with arts organizations throughout the region. She worked as a journalist at The Oregonian for 24 years, is a freelance writer and editor, and has a notable thing for writing quirky essays when the muse strikes. She has deep experience in nonprofit arts administration, concentrating on marketing, public relations, and development. She has a long history of community organizing and project management, having spent several years working to improve playgrounds and growing arts programs in schools. She loves nothing more than an excited kid with a creative spark. laura@orartswatch.org

 


 

TJ ACENA
Theater

TJ Acena is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. He studied creative writing at Western Washington University. His prose has been published most recently in Somnambulist, Pacifica Literary Journal, and Hello Mr. He fell into arts journalism by accident in 2015, becoming the theatre reviewer for PQ Monthly. In 2017 he was selected as a Rising Leader of Color in the field of arts journalism by Theatre Communications Group. He currently writes for American Theatre Magazine and The Oregonian in addition to his work here. You can find out more at his website. He also sporadically updates a burger-review blog for Portland as well. Twitter: @ihavequalities

 


 

A.L. ADAMS
Performance and Culture

A.L. Adams’ culture critique stems from a literary bent and a longstanding history of diverse participation in the Portland arts community. She’s served as arts editor at Portland Monthly Magazine, performed original music on OPB, self-published a well-received zine, and served as an art department assistant at stop-motion film company LAIKA. She also writes for Artslandia. ayelladams@gmail.com

 


 

ANGELA ALLEN
Music and Culture

Angela Allen writes about the arts, especially opera, jazz, chamber music, and photography. Since 1984, she has contributed regularly to online and print publications, including Oregon ArtsWatch, The Columbian, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Willamette Week, The Oregonian, among others. She teaches photography and creative writing to Oregon students, and in 2009, served as Fishtrap’s Eastern Oregon Writer-in-Residence. A published poet and photographer, she’s a member of the Music Critics Association of North America and a recipient of an NEA-Columbia Journalism grant. She earned an M.A. in journalism from University of Oregon in 1984, and 30 years later received her MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Pacific Lutheran University. She lives in Portland with her scientist husband and often unwieldy garden. Contact Angela Allen through her website.

 


 

MATTHEW NEIL ANDREWS
Music

Matthew Neil Andrews is a composer, percussionist, writer, and magician specializing in the intersection of The Weird and The Beautiful. He regularly performs with (and occasionally composes for) Indonesian gamelan, plays cathartically raucous drums in various gonzo bands around Portland, and sits on the board of local new music guild Cascadia Composers. He is currently a graduate student in Portland State University’s School of Music, where he leads a student/alumni Composer Consort while studying composition with Bonnie Miksch, gamelan with Mindy Johnston, vocals with Jimmie Herrod, and film scoring with David Spear. Matthew is also Arts & Culture Editor at the PSU Vanguard and a student leader with Students United for Nonviolence. He is an incorrigible wanderer who spent his teens climbing mountains and his twenties driving 18-wheelers around the country, and can often be found taking nightly dérive walks all over the city. He and his music can be reached at monogeite.bandcamp.com.

 


 

GRAHAM W. BELL
Visual Arts and Culture

Graham W. Bell is an art historian and arts writer living in Portland, OR by way of Eatonville, WA. He holds a BA from Willamette University in Art History and an MA in the same from the University of Oregon where he specialized in postmodern art theory and contemporary photography. Currently he teaches upper division Contemporary Art at Portland State University and Art Appreciation at Portland Community College. grahamwilliambell@gmail.com

 


 

BOBBY BERMEA
Theater and Culture

Bobby Bermea is an award-winning actor, director, writer and producer. He is co-artistic director of Beirut Wedding, a founding member of Badass Theatre and a long-time member of both Sojourn Theatre and Actors Equity Association. Bermea has appeared in theaters from New York, NY, to Honolulu, HI. In Portland, he’s performed at Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Profile Theatre, El Teatro Milagro, Sojourn Theatre, Cygnet Productions, Tygre’s Heart, and Life in Arts Productions, and has won three Drammy awards. As a director he’s worked at Beirut Wedding, BaseRoots Productions, Profile Theatre, Theatre Vertigo and Northwest Classical, and was a Drammy finalist. He’s the author of the plays Heart of the City, Mercy and Rocket Man. His writing has also appeared in bleacherreport.com and profootballspot.com.

 


 

JAMUNA CHIARINI
Dance

408574_10151145493005527_1995582282_nJamuna Chiarini is a professional dancer, dance presenter, writer and mom. Originally from Berkeley, California, she studied dance at The School of The Hartford Ballet and Florida State University. She has performed in a variety of dance works ranging from post modern to ballet. Most recently she performed with California choreographer Randee Paufve in “So I Married Abraham Lincoln.” In 2006 she created The Outlet Dance Project in Hamilton, New Jersey, which showcases 12 new emerging women choreographers every year. She also studies Bharanatyam and is interested in creating her own voice as a choreographer combining eastern and western dance styles. She will be dancing with Minh Tran & Company starting this spring. jamunadasi@me.com

 


 

PATRICK COLLIER
Visual Arts and Culture

Resume smallPatrick Collier is an artist who has written for the Midwest journal “The New Art Examiner,” and more recently for the online journals UltraPDX and PORT. Prior to moving to Oregon in 2003, Collier and his wife operated the Chicago gallery bona fide to critical but not financial success. The same can be said for their organic farm located outside of Stayton. When not in his studio or visiting galleries, Collier is likely tooling around on his trusty tractor Tragedy.
ptcpatrick@gmail.com

 


 

DOUGLAS DETRICK
Music

Douglas Detrick is a composer, songwriter, trumpet player, podcast producer and arts leader whose work in these diverse areas is distinguished by its quiet thoughtfulness and its embrace of good ideas from unconventional sources. He was awarded a 2017 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, and has performed throughout the United States with his chamber-jazz quintet Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble at the Stone, the Phillips Collection and many other venues and universities. As the Executive and Artistic Director of the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, a 12-member jazz ensemble and non-profit organization, he is building new opportunity and community for jazz in Portland, Oregon. douglasdetrick.com anywhenensemble.com

 


 

GARY FERRINGTON
Music and Performance, Eugene Correspondent

Gary Ferrington is a University of Oregon Sr. Instructor Emeritus whose career spanned over 30 years as the College of Education’s Instructional Systems Technology program director. He has been, since retiring in 1998, actively involved in the Eugene arts community serving for nine years on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts Center where he also coordinated its online and print public relations efforts. Since the closing of the center during the Great Recession he has committed himself to advocating for the performance of contemporary music and dance. He is a volunteer with the Eugene Ballet Company and is an advocate for the UO School of Music and Dance programs in music composition, Intermedia Technology, and jazz studies. His articles for Oregon ArtsWatch, focusing primarily on music, dance and occasionally theatre in Eugene, can be found online at artswatcharticles.blogspot.com

 


 

ALICE HARDESTY
Music and Culture

Alice Hardesty has served on the boards of Friends of Chamber Music in Portland and Chamber Music Concerts in Ashland, where she also put in her time on the Ashland City Council. She has an eclectic approach to writing, with publications appearing in places like Technology Review, The Washington Post, The Ashland Daily Tidings, Street Roots, and several poetry journals. Her book-length memoir, An Uncommon Cancer Journey, was a finalist for the 2015 International Book Awards. Visit her website at bachopress.com.

 


 

HANNAH KRAFCIK
Culture

Hannah Krafcik is a writer and practice-oriented dancer living in Portland, Oregon. While she does not review dance performance, she has written about dance with a variety of other focuses for publications such as Stance on Dance and Critical Correspondence. She also has a background in Performance Studies and nonprofit administration, which informs her current interest in the intersection of artistic processes and organizing work. When not writing, she’s probably engaged in movement research or working at a local Montessori school. krafchex@gmail.com

 


 

BRIAN LIBBY
Art and Architecture

Brian Libby is a Portland-based freelance journalist and critic writing about architecture and design, visual art and film. He has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, The Atlantic, Dwell, CityLab and The Oregonian, among others. Brian’s Portland Architecture blog has explored the city’s architecture and city planning since 2005. He is also the author of “Tales From the Oregon Ducks Sideline,” a history of his lifelong favorite football team. A graduate of New York University, Brian is additionally an award-winning filmmaker and photographer whose work has been exhibited at the American Institute of Architects, the Portland Art Museum’s Northwest Film Center, and venues throughout the US and Europe. For more information, visit www.brianlibby.com.

 


 

CHARLES NOBLE
Music

IMG_2073Charles Noble has been assistant principal violist of the Oregon Symphony since 1995. He has appeared as soloist with the Oregon Symphony, and the Cascade and Sunriver Music Festivals. He holds degrees from the University of Puget Sound, the University of Maryland, and the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He has been the principal violist with the Ernest Bloch, Cascade Music Festivals, and is currently the Principal violist of the Sunriver Music Festival. He was a featured performing artist at the 2002, 2004 and 2006 International Viola Congresses. His is a founding member of the Ethos and Arnica String Quartets. At the start of the 2014-2015 season, Charles became the viola instructor at the University of Portland. Contact him at his blog, Noble Viola.

 


 

JENNIFER RABIN
Visual Arts

Jennifer Rabin is a writer and an artist. She serves as the visual arts writer for Willamette Week and her writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Visual Art Source, Hyperallergic, Oregon Humanities, Bitch, and The Rumpus. She is the recipient of a 2016 RACC grant for her memoir in progress, All the Reverence in Our Hearts, and has been an artist in residence at Jentel in Wyoming, The Rensing Center in South Carolina, and Caldera in Oregon. Her creative writing practice and her studio practice have become inextricably linked as she explores ideas and themes in multiple disciplines simultaneously. A diehard populist, she uses her platform as an arts writer to champion underrepresented voices, to challenge the mystique of the white-box art world, and to encourage first-time collectors. At work, she can most often be found wearing her grandmother’s robe or a pair of tattered coveralls, both of which have received sidelong glances during coffee runs to Stumptown.

 


 

LAUREL REED PAVIC
Visual Arts

Laurel Reed Pavic is an art historian. Her academic research dealt with painting in 15th and 16th century Dalmatia. After finishing her PhD, she quickly realized that this niche, while fascinating, was rather small and expanded her interests so that she could engage with a wider audience. In addition to topics traditionally associated with art history, she enjoys considering the manipulation and presentation of cultural patrimony and how art and art history entangle with identity. She teaches a variety of courses at Pacific Northwest College of Art including courses on the multiple, the history of printed matter, modernism, and protest art.

 


 

PAUL SUTINEN
Visual Arts

Paul Sutinen began writing about art in 1973 for the Portland Scribe. He was the art critic for Willamette Week from 1974-1983. He is an artist and a founding member of Nine Gallery.

 


 

MARTHA ULLMAN WEST
Dance

Martha Ullman West began her checkered career as an arts writer in New York in 1960. She has been covering dancing in Portland and elsewhere since 1979 for many publications, including The Oregonian, Ballet Review, the New York Times, and Dance Magazine, where she is a Senior Advisory Editor. She is a past-co-chair of the Dance Critics Association, from which she received the Senior Critics Award in 2011, and is under contract to the University Press of Florida for a book titled Ballet, American Style: Todd Bolender and Janet Reed. marthaullmanwest@gmail.com

 


 

REBECCA WAITS
Comedy and Theater/Performance

Becky-Waits-71Rebecca Waits is a freelance writer, actor and stand-up comedian who has been making people laugh and feel feelings in Portland since 2009. Rebecca hails from a multicultural family of performers in Cincinnati, where she studied drama and creative writing at SCPA, one of the few remaining public performing arts high schools in the country (and yes–it was a lot like Fame!) She has attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and PSU for Theatre and Documentary Studies. She brings a sweet, sardonic, and surreal take on the world to her writing and performance, viewed through a sharp and insightful lens of cultural critique; she hopes to lift up and highlight the voices of those not usually heard or represented in our communities. Rebecca has performed in The Grrrl Front Music and Comedy Festival in 2013 & 2014, is a regular member of the Lez Stand Up Comedy Troop, and performs with the women’s comedy collective Potty Talk. She co-hosted at Portland Pride 2014, has done stand-up in Austin, Seattle, Los Angeles–and once at a dog’s unicorn-themed birthday party. She was on the Portland Production crew of the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary about families struggling through the recent housing crisis, American Winter. Her writing has also appeared in Bitch, Portland Monthly Magazine, and The Portland Mercury. She spends too much time with her pet rats, and her spirit animal is the manatee. Twitter: @REwaits
rebeccawaits@gmail.com

 


 

JEFF WINSLOW
Music

oawphotoJeff Winslow is a fourth-generation Oregonian who studied music and electronics at University of California-Berkeley, getting serious about composition in the mid-1990s as High Modernism finally relinquished its death grip on the world of art music. His work has been performed by fEARnoMUSIC, The Ensemble of Oregon, and the Resonance Ensemble, and also at Cascadia Composers, Seventh Species, Cherry Blossom Musical Arts, and Oregon Bach Festival concerts, as well as several other locations around the region, often with the composer at the piano. A recent piano work, “Lied ohne Worte (lieber mit Ligeti)” received honorable mention from Friends and Enemies of New Music, a New York-based composers’ group. He is a founding member of Cascadia Composers, a chapter of NACUSA centered on the lower watershed of the Columbia River.

 


 

NIM WUNNAN
Dance and Culture

buttoned_bw_sm_square Ním Wunnan studied painting at the Glasgow School of Art, where he exhibited in Glasgow International before graduating with an honours degree in 2008. Since 2009, he has worked in web development as a designer, developer, and project manager. He is the founder and director of Research Club, a community-supported think tank which has gathered a diverse community of artists, fabricators, designers, developers, advocates, and writers while hosting events in Portland, Seattle, Berlin, London, and Glasgow. nim@wunnan.com